Index # - 20493
Distribution Requirement: A4, B
Tuesday - 1:00 p.m.
Theory and Practice of Victorian Fiction
This seminar offers an opportunity to explore the form of the realist novel and the genres of literary criticism. Each week, we’ll read a work of Victorian fiction alongside a nineteenth-century commentary (book review, preface, obituary, marginalia…) and a twenty-first century intervention (article, book chapter, bibliography, video, database, exhibit). We’ll think together about what modes of argument are particular to a genre (the novel), a medium (print), a timing (serialization). In order to figure out how new critical genres and archival formats are changing (as they always have) the rules of the critical game, we’ll experiment with biweekly exercises in a series of genres of professional writing. In place of a single long research paper, therefore, we will lead up to a conference paper by
- defining a keyword,
- writing a scholarly book review and a review essay for a popular online venue,
- captioning an object viewed in a field trip to a special-collections library,
- composing a conference abstract,
- and presenting research in a social-media thread.
Thackeray, Vanity Fair, ed. Peter Shillingsburg (Norton) ISBN: 0393965953
Dickens, Great Expectations, eds. Graham Law and Adrian J. Pinnington (Broadview, 1998). ISBN-13: 978-1551111742
Trollope, Barchester Towers, ed. Michael Sadleir (Oxford) ISBN: 0199537658
Gissing, New Grub Street, ed. Bernard Bergonzi, Harmondsworth (Penguin, 1985) ISBN: 0140430326